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Students practice using the food pyramid and know which food group familiar foods belong in.
First graders draw and label a food pyramid. Using the pyramid and the internet, 1st graders create their own healthy diet. They use educational technology to fill their plate with healthy choices for their diet. Once students have completed putting "food on their plate," they save the document to show to the teacher.
Second graders explore the meat group of the food pyramid. In this nutrition and diet lesson, 2nd graders study the benefits of eating foods in the meat group, collect data regarding their classmates' favorite foods, and create a graph regarding their findings.
Learners review Dietary Guidelines and the Food Guide Pyramid. They take a quiz listing recommended dietary guidelines and explain their function and implementation.
In this food groups worksheet, students read a passage about the food pyramid and the various groups of foods. Students learn about a balanced diet and answer several questions about the passage.
Students explore the five food groups and design a graphic organizer to organize the data researched. A one day food diary kept by students assists them in self-monitoring and self-evaluation of their eating habits.
Students study the five food groups as an introduction to nutrition. In this nutrition lesson plan, students learn about which foods belong in each of the five food groups and they determine the need to eat a healthy diet. They keep a journal of the food that they eat over a weekend before comparing the food to the food pyramid. They complete the journal activity for another two day and compare it to the original one.
Students use the Internet to research information on the food pyramid, recommended daily allowances of nutrients, caloric intake and expenditure, and value of foods. They analyze their own eating habits and exercise level.
Students use their knowledge of the food groups to plan a healthy meal. The meal needs to include an entree, at least one side dish, and beverage.
Students examine how important healthy nutrition is to keep the body in good form. They examine two plates of food to decide which one contains food that is good for them and why.
Students discuss importance of proper nutrition in staying healthy, examine food pyramid chart and identify different vegetables or fruits via eye gaze, and sample different vegetables or fruits at snack or lunch time.
Students have a cooking day. In this healthy eating lesson plan, students use pictures from a magazine to illustrate the food groups. Students record the foods they eat and then see if they are eating enough from each food group. Students investigate the eating habits of their family and write a report about how they could improve their eating. Students plan and have a cooking day at school.
In this food pyramid worksheet, students participate in a food pyramid matching game. Students help Chef Solus match the 5 foods on the left to their correct food groups on the right. Students draw a line from the food item to its correct food group.
Visit an older food pyramid to talk about healthy foods with your class. Even though this pyramid is technically out of date, this resource still provides some good practice for young learners to identify which foods are healthy and unhealthy. There's also a place to practice using adjectives to describe certain foods. 
Fourth graders identify the origins of meats and vegetables consumed by humans on a daily basis. They classify foods (meats, dairy products, grains...) and create a food pyramid.
In this food pyramid flashcards worksheet, students build a food pyramid using the food categories and name the foods shown in each group to build vocabulary skills.
In this nutrition worksheet, students view the food pyramid and list their favorite and least favorite foods and their nutrition goals.
Fifth graders review the Food Pyramid. They examine several breakfast cereal labels and determine how much sugar is in each. They discuss these amounts and whether or not they are surprised by the results. They discuss the amount of sugar they consume and ways they could reduce their sugar intake.
Students create healthy meal plans. In this nutrition lesson plan, students discuss the Food Pyramid and use this knowledge to analyze cookbook recipes and fast food meals. Then, students work cooperatively to create healthy meal plans for five days, including three home-cooked meals per day. Students determine the nutritional content of their meal plans.
In this food pyramid worksheet, learners fill in their choices in each of the food categories and estimate amounts eaten, then write their goals for food and activity for "tomorrow."

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